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James Bond
02-02-2012, 02:10 AM
[first world problems]

Babolat have recently changed their policy regarding US Sales and as a result TW are no longer allowed to ship their products internationally.

Oh, the humanity! :cry:

Doesn't Babolat understand that people will simply switch to a different manufacturer when buying from US retailers?

or at least this is the way I'm seeing it.

I don't mind paying more at my local pro shop since I have money to burn and enjoy using Babolat equipment but I doubt most people will see it this way

Just off the top of my head:

TW: '11 PSGT US$179 Local pro shop: '11 US$308
TW: '10 APDGT: US$189 Local pro shop: '10 APDGT US$331

Head/Wilson/Yonex, here we come?

[/first world problems]

Fed Kennedy
02-02-2012, 02:23 AM
If you pay 331 for an apd I will fly to New Zealand and punch you in the face.

Bartelby
02-02-2012, 02:24 AM
This is why TWE exists, but not much help in NZ.

James Bond
02-02-2012, 02:31 AM
If you pay 331 for an apd I will fly to New Zealand and punch you in the face.

:lol:

To be fair that's the non sale price - I've seen them for cheaper.

This is why TWE exists, but not much help in NZ.


Actually, I just checked and they ship to NZ.

Fed Kennedy
02-02-2012, 02:35 AM
Out here in Cali, babolats grow on trees. The dumpsters behind safeway overflow with overripe APDs. Go on the classifieds and score them for 50bucks.

MAXXply
02-02-2012, 02:51 AM
Is it any cheaper for you to buy from Oz and have them ship it to NZ?

kimbahpnam
02-02-2012, 03:09 AM
Policy sucks and it doesn't allow gift card purchases toward babolat products

Captain Tezuka
02-02-2012, 03:18 AM
Is it any cheaper for you to buy from Oz and have them ship it to NZ?

Hm well you could try www.tenniswarhouse.com.au but I think its a different company to TW. Also seriously why babolat if not other manufacturer is doing this then why are you doing it?

Bartelby
02-02-2012, 03:23 AM
My point was more that if TW had not set up TWE they would not have been able to sell a single Babolat product into the European market.

My guess is that they had advance notice of this kind of possibility and TWE was their way of ensuring the openness of Europe to their 'shop'.

Prices will also probably be far higher in Europe for product, shipping and perhaps exchange rates making it less favourable to import.





:lol:

To be fair that's the non sale price - I've seen them for cheaper.




Actually, I just checked and they ship to NZ.

classic tennis
02-02-2012, 03:32 AM
[first world problems]

Babolat have recently changed their policy regarding US Sales and as a result TW are no longer allowed to ship their products internationally.

Oh, the humanity! :cry:

Doesn't Babolat understand that people will simply switch to a different manufacturer when buying from US retailers?

or at least this is the way I'm seeing it.

I don't mind paying more at my local pro shop since I have money to burn and enjoy using Babolat equipment but I doubt most people will see it this way

Just off the top of my head:

TW: '11 PSGT US$179 Local pro shop: '11 US$308
TW: '10 APDGT: US$189 Local pro shop: '10 APDGT US$331

Head/Wilson/Yonex, here we come?

[/first world problems]



With the Australian dollar now being worth more than the US dollar and taking into account that the Australian Babolat distributor has for the term of his contract paid USD ex factory China for his product, there is no reason why the product in Australia should not be cheaper than the US, in fact the cheapest in the World.

Bartelby
02-02-2012, 03:36 AM
... instead it's forty to forty-five dollars dearer!

classic tennis
02-02-2012, 03:40 AM
... instead it's forty to forty-five dollars dearer!

If you are in OZ I would be calling them and asking why?

Sounds like price gouging to me !

Bartelby
02-02-2012, 03:46 AM
Smaller market and higher costs will be more or less what they'd say.

As others have pointed out, if you do a lot of US purchasing you can buy a US shipping address.

Zverev
02-02-2012, 05:17 AM
Use this
http://www.priceusa.com.au/
Beat corporate greed.

Yourtenniscoach
02-02-2012, 07:52 AM
Use this
http://www.priceusa.com.au/
Beat corporate greed.

Wow... brilliant! I wish I would have thought of this!

mchjhn
02-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Policy sucks and it doesn't allow gift card purchases toward babolat products

that's not TW, its babolat you should blame on all of this. they placed the restrictions.

Boricua
02-03-2012, 11:35 AM
This is why TWE exists, but not much help in NZ.

Sorry to go off topic for a moment, but all these different characters in your avatar, who are they, whats going on? lol.

Boricua
02-03-2012, 11:36 AM
Buy a used one on TW:)